LG Poll: We Are Ready, Says LASIEC Chairman

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The Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), has stated that it is fully prepared for the coming local government election slated for 22 October, 2011, in the state.

Justice Abdul Fatai Adeyinka (retd), chairman of the commission, made this known to LG Circuit on Monday, while speaking on the commission’s readiness for the council election.

He said that in order to avoid the issue of missing logos on the ballot paper and misplacement of electoral materials during the election, ballot papers and other materials to be used will be customised and would have been distributed two weeks before the election day.

He added that to ensure that every electorate that registered for the election voted, the commission would use satellite polling centres used by INEC in the April general election.

Adeyinka also said that the commission has decided not to use members of the Nation Youth Service Corps as its ad hoc staff, since the election is not a national affair. Instead, he said the commission would make use of professionals and some civil servants.

“NYSC is a federal institution, the governors have no control over them, while their deployment can only be done by the Federal Government. Also, they are only in their stations temporarily, where they acted as electoral officers and as soon as they leave the place and if there is any cause for them to be called as witnesses at election petitions tribunal, it will be very difficult. It is on this we are relying on civil servants and other professionals to work for us,” he disclosed.

The LASIEC chairman also said that 26 political parties have so far signified their intention to participate in the coming election by obtaining nomination forms, adding that three of seven deregistered political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), also obtained the forms but called on their leaders to return thm as their parties have been deregistered.

He called on all the political parties that would take part in the election to give adequate sensitisation to the electorate, while advising voters to be punctual and conduct themselves during the election period.

Meanwhile, Lagos State Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) leaders led by Prince Tajudeen Olusi, has approved the second term ambition of 10 of the 13 chairmen of local governments and local council development areas under its jurisdiction, while three aspirants chosen as chairmanship candidates to replace Muftau Kadiku, Rasaq Folami and Alliu Kazeem of Lagos Island East, Surulere and Coker/Aguda councils respectively.

The aspirants are Shakirudeen Asekun Owoiya, Tajudeen Yusuf Ajide and Tajudeen Abayomi Giwa. Both Ajide and Owoiya are currently serving vice chairmen in their respective councils, while Giwa was chosen to replace Alliu Kazeem, who has moved to the Federal House of Representatives.

Those endorsed for second term are Joseph Ayodeji (Apapa), Dr. Adedapo Adedayo (Apapa/Iganmu), Alhaji Anofi Elegushi (Eti Osa), Wale Adeniji (Ikoyi/Obalende), Alhaji Yisa Owolabi (Eti Osa East), Alhaji Yomi Daramola (Iru/Victoria Island), Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni (Lagos Island) and Oladele Rufus Adekanye (Lagos Mainland).

—Paul Sanusi

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